Julie Brook has over 23 years experience in legal research, writing, and editing for Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). Before that, she worked as an Associate Attorney in the litigation practice at a mid-sized law firm in San Francisco. Julie graduated at the top of her class from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1993. She volunteers as an arbitrator for the San Francisco Department of Human Services.
Raymond Buenaventura is the Mayor of the City of Daly City and is serving his third term as Mayor.
Ray is a lawyer by profession and is licensed to practice law in California, New York and Washington D.C. He is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist and has been practicing law for over 25 years. His career began as an intern at the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office. After passing the bar, he was hired as a Deputy Public Defender. Ray left the Public Defender's Office to open his own practice in Daly City where he continues to focus on indigent criminal defense as a Private Defender.
Ray has given MCLE lectures/seminars on the use of technology in the Courtroom and has taught Evidence and Election Law as a Law Professor.
Ray also continues to serve on nonprofit boards and he has extensive pro bono experience with nonprofit agencies.
Ray was awarded the Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy by the Asian American Bar Association of Northern California. Ray also received the Outstanding Volunteer Attorney Award – Justice & Diversity Center from the San Francisco Bar Association and the Jose Rizal Award for Public Service from the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California.
Diane Camacho has over 15 years of experience in legal management. Working her way up from a secretarial position, she has managed small firms and branches of large international firms. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco in 2009 in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.
Paul P. DeAngelis runs his own firm in San Francisco, Law Office of Paul P. DeAngelis, and concentrates on real estate litigation matters. Paul graduated with honors from Boston University School of Law. Since 1998, he has practiced law in San Francisco. Paul has successfully represented clients in jury and bench trials, and in trials in arbitration cases. He has worked closely with paralegals on trial teams. Paul regularly swims in the San Francisco Bay as a member of the South End Rowing Club.
Deborah de Lambert received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She practiced criminal defense with the San Francisco Public Defender’s office and the Federal Public Defender’s office for the Northern District of California, as well as working in private practice. She later received her Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of San Francisco. She has taught English as a Second Language at ELS in Berkeley and ELI in San Francisco. Recently, she has been teaching English on the island of Lesvos, Greece, to refugees.
Janet M. Espey has practiced in the areas of estate planning, trust law, and probate since her admission to the California State Bar in December 2004. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Espey accumulated over ten years of experience in these practice areas working first as a legal ecretary then as a paralegal. She has a BA degree in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz and she received her JD from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. While attending law school Ms. Espey externed with the San Francisco Probate Court. Her husband is a graduate of the SF State Paralegal Studies program.
Mark Iverson was a deputy public defender for over 29 years at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. During his career at that office, Mark was primarily in the felony rotation where he handled a variety of serious felony cases, including special circumstances homicide cases. Mark was lead counsel in 85 jury trials and promoted to head attorney in 2009. He was lead attorney in the Homicide unit from 2008 until 2012. For over a year, he was in the research unit where he wrote and filed motions, writs and appellate briefs and argued before the First District Court of Appeals.
Mark has lead seminars or trainings for lawyers on several subjects including the law of homicide, recent court decisions and statutes, cross examination of gang experts and laws involving gangs, legal issues & trial strategies when using mental health experts, ballistics, and DNA. For the past 20 years, Mark lead or assisted in trial practice groups, and mentored law students/interns.
Currently, Mark is in private practice where he represents clients on a court appointed basis in criminal cases.
Founding partner of Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP (now Goodman Neuman & Hamilton LLP), Charles Jenkins has litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts throughout California since 1984. With a broad base of experience including employment, environmental, class action, commercial and intellectual property litigation, Mr. Jenkins has been recognized as one of the premier litigators in the San Francisco Bay Area and continues to practice law today. More recently, Mr. Jenkins has worked with start-up, mid-size and large businesses as well as high net worth families to avoid and manage legal and financial challenges.
William Jenkins is a Deputy Attorney General for the Office of Attorney General of State of California. He currently works in the Natural Resources Section representing state agency with responsibility for managing natural resources and environmental protection. Mr. Jenkins has been a member of the State Bar since 1989.
Mary Ann Koory, a UC Berkeley Extension Honored Instructor, earned her PhD from Berkeley in English Literature and lectured in literature (mostly Shakespeare) for Berkeley and SF State. She also teaches creative writing (the novel and poetry) for Berkeley Extension.
Ruby Lieberman is an attorney in private practice for more than 20 years. She has been certified continuously for the last 17 years as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization. After earning her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco, in 1991, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk at the San Francisco Immigration Court through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.
Ms. Lieberman is a mentoring attorney at the Political Asylum Project of the San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and is a frequent speaker at MCLEs offered by the Lawyers Committee. She has been recognized several times by the San Francisco Bar Association for Outstanding Public Service, and has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2008.
Ms. Lieberman works closely with her paralegal. She has employed paralegals for more than 15 years, and as a solo practitioner she has had sole responsibility for supervising their work. In addition, she has supervised numerous law students who have earned class credit by serving a clinical internship in her law office.
Katie Padilla is a family law practitioner based in Oakland, where she is a partner at the law firm Frudden & Padilla Family Law. Frudden & Padilla Family Law is a full service firm that offers legal representation in the areas dissolution, child custody/visitation, domestic violence restraining orders and legal coaching while parties are in mediation. Her past legal experience includes representing both parents and children in the foster care system and clerking for the Hon. Donald J. Sullivan of the San Francisco Superior Court. She has worked at various child advocacy organizations, including an NGO in Bangalore, India, and was a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in San Francisco. Additionally, through the Alameda County Family Justice Center, Katie ran a free family law clinic and supervised law students as they provided pro bono services for domestic violence survivors. She currently teaches at San Francisco State University and Golden Gate University School of Law, and has previously taught in the paralegal studies department at Skyline Community College.
Raymond R. Rollan is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law and currently serves as a Deputy City Attorney for the San Francisco City Attorney's Office - Trial Division. Previously, Raymond served as a Deputy City Attorney for the Hayward City Attorney's Office, where he performed both litigation and advisory responsibilities. Mr. Rollan also served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Kandis A. Westmore at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Rollan received his paralegal certificate from the SF State Paralegal Program and worked as a paralegal at the intellectual property law firm, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Mr. Rollan is actively involved in various bar associations in San Francisco, including the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), the Asian American Bar Association (AABA), and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.
Michael Schiraldi is a paralegal at The Brandi Law Firm in San Francisco. Originally from Long Island, he completed the SF State Paralegal Studies program in the spring of 2015. He is a current board member at the San Francisco Paralegal Association. He resides in San Francisco.
Joseph Tobener is the managing attorney at the Tobener Law Center. An attorney for more than fifteen years, Mr. Tobener draws on his specialized tenant law expertise to provide caring, easy-to-understand, and aggressive assistance to a diverse clientele. He has represented thousands of Bay Area residents on tenant law issues and earned millions on behalf of his clients. He has appeared on KALW and KQED and was featured in the SF Bay Guardian, the Daily Journal, and California Lawyer. Cases he has successfully litigated have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, Reuters, and Wired. His clients have included countless lawyers, high-tech executives, mobile home residents, the San Francisco Tenants Union, and several art collectives. One of his passions is working to preserve artist live/work housing. He also worked for Home Base, a homelessness law nonprofit and has been an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University and UC Hastings. The firm is dedicated to employee activism, and sponsors each of its lawyers to volunteer weekly in the community at housing rights nonprofits, donating nearly 500 attorney hours each year.
Steve Weisberg, JD, operates a contract service for legal and sociologic services and is a partner in a continuing education lecture business. He has acted as both a small claims court advisor and mediator for Marin County and has over 20 years of experience in teaching and curriculum design in the legal field. Faculty member since 1991.
Andres L. Williams, Esq., is a skilled negotiator and talented trial attorney with diverse advocacy experience in corporate, contract, labor/employment, and insurance law. Prior to going to work for the federal government, Williams was a Senior Associate with Sellar Hazard Manning Ficenec & Lai. He clerked for the Honorable John S. Rhoades, United States District Court, Southern District of California. Williams received his BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law. He has been an active member of the State Bar of California since 1988.
Louis Wu, JD, is a patent attorney specializing in the commercialization of technological innovation. He has been teaching courses on various forms of property law, e.g., patents, trademarks, patents, and other forms of intellectual property law, at San Francisco State University for over a decade. His technical background includes: a BS degree in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MS degree in industrial engineering from Northeastern University, extended course work from the Advanced Biosciences Program at the University of California at Berkeley, and years of experience as a research scientist/engineer. Since graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law, he has represented numerous technology-based start-ups, research institutions, and industry leaders. He is currently in private practice in Oakland and holds professional licenses from the California State Bar, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Bureau of Real Estate for the State of California.
Mark Yates, JD, is an attorney living and practicing in San Francisco. After graduating from Hastings College of the Law, he worked in San Francisco as a Litigation Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop, and eventually moved to Mendocino County to work as a Deputy Public Defender. Currently, besides teaching at San Francisco State University, he represents indigent criminal defendants on appeal and teaches at Golden Gate University School of Law.